Cross Creek Country Club is celebrating fifty years of providing fine dining and recreation to its members. Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the club has been in operation since 1973.
“The landscape here is truly breath taking, and it provides our members with a quiet atmosphere for enjoying their time spent with friends and family,” said Shannon Myers, General Manager of Cross Creek. “We offer a semi-private 18-hole golf course which accommodates members and their guests as well as daily fee golfers. Cross Creek is also known for fine cuisine, social activities, charity events, and a variety of athletic facilities, including swimming and tennis.”
The Cross Creek property was originally a working farm owned by H.O. Woltz, Sr. The farm produced tobacco and corn and raised beef cattle. At one time it also included a commercial flower growing operation which supplied gladiola, jonquil, and tulips to wholesalers throughout the east coast.
Later, after acquiring additional acreage adjacent to the farm, Mr. Woltz envisioned that the site would provide a beautiful setting for a first-class country club and golf course. Woltz believed such a club would have a positive economic impact on Mt. Airy, while enhancing quality of life for residents.
Woltz, along with fellow investors Richard Vaughn, Zack Blackmon, Sr., Lindsay Holcomb, Jr., Smith Holcomb, Kilbourn Henry, Ed Crossingham, and Don Porter contracted with Joseph Lee, a well known and highly respected golf course architect to help them design and develop the new country club. The consulting firm of Martini and Associates was also brought in to assist with design of the club and surrounding residential developments. Cross Creek Country Club officially opened in 1973 featuring a 6,800-yard golf course designed by Joe Lee.
The clubhouse was completely renovated in 2001 to include a well-appointed interior and Grand Ballroom which has become the centerpiece of the region’s social scene. Improvements were made to the golf course in 2005 under the guidance of Greensboro-based architect Kris Spence, and a three-season pavilion was added in 2007 which has since become a popular venue for dining, dancing, parties, and musical entertainment. The improvements were noted by North Carolina Business magazine who named Cross Creek one of the top 100 golf courses in the State.
In October of 2020, Skip and Cathy Eckenrod, co-owners of Interlam Inc., a manufacturer of architectural wall panels and design elements, purchased Cross Creek Country Club. Skip and Cathy are making ongoing significant investments for capital improvements, renovations and upgrades, including a new roof for the clubhouse and pool. The club’s in-house restaurant has also been renovated and renamed ‘The Sunset Grille’.”
The Club’s new ownership and leadership team brought in local Golf Pro Tim Brant as well as Chef Josh Greenberg. Chef Greenberg most recently worked in South Florida where he also received formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in Miami and specialized in fresh seafood dishes.
And while there have been many changes and improvements, the Eckenrods and their team have continued the traditions of fine dining and recreational excellence that Cross Creek Country Club has been known for. Skip and Cathy have also kept alive the dream of H.O. Woltz who envisioned a first-class Country Club that enhances the community, supports economic growth, and brings enjoyment to the residents of Mount Airy, Surry County, and surrounding areas. Today Cross Creek Country Club has over 370 members, and provides a venue for community banquets, corporate retreats and meetings, charity events, weddings, and receptions.
Cross Creek Country Club is located at 1129 Greenhill Road in Mount Airy, North Carolina. For more information, call (336) 789-5193.